Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

IHS Conference: "Global Commodity Flows" April 16-18 (Day 1)

Thu, April 16, 2015 | CLA 1.302B, Julius Glickman Conference Center in the College of Liberal Arts Building

5:30 PM - 6:45 PM

“Global Commodity Flows”
A conference presented by the Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History
April 16-18, 2015

The co-development of economic and ecological crises, the social life of things, the globalization of mass consumerism, and conflicts over natural resources need to be understood in historical depth.  These questions bridge conventional boundaries between history and other disciplines.  Over the last several decades, historians have compiled an impressive body of work on the history of commodities and their production, circulation, and uses.  Historical studies reveal the impact of commodity production and consumption on landscapes and sociopolitical formations.  Research into commodity chains brings new dimensions to understandings of social identities and systems of communication and representation.  Contemporary global economic crises have re-focused attention on the nature of capital accumulation and the limits to growth.  In connection with these themes, participants in the conference explore questions of food and raw material production, energy and ecology, status goods, and networks of exchange.  The investigations reach from early modern times to the present, span multiple continents and oceans, and range in scale from the global to the worksite level.

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Convened by:
Mark Metzler, Professor of History and IHS Program Coordinator in 2014-15
Seth Garfield, Professor of History and IHS Director

With generous support from:
College of Liberal Arts Center for European Studies  |  Center for East Asian Studies  |  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Japan Studies Endowment  |  POSCO Chair in Korean Studies Endowment  |  Center for Middle Eastern Studies

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